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Congress mocks BJP over FM Sitharaman’s absence in Modi’s pre-Budget meeting

Congress mocks BJP over FM Sitharaman’s absence in Modi’s pre-Budget meeting

Congress mocks BJP over FM Sitharaman’s absence in Modi’s pre-Budget meeting
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By CNBC-TV18 Jan 10, 2020 6:47:08 AM IST (Published)

The Congress party also pointed out that the Modi-led meeting was attended by all men to discuss tasks of the finance ministry, which is led by India's first full-time women finance minister.

The Congress party on Thursday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman over the finance minister's absence at Modi's pre-budget meeting with economists and experts at the Niti Aayog. With hashtag "FindingNirmala", the Congress party on Twitter said, "Here's a suggestion, next budget meeting, consider inviting the Finance Minister."

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The Congress tagged a tweet of the BJP that said the finance ministry has invited suggestions for the Union Budget 2020-21.
"Citizens from all walks of life are welcome to be a part of this exercise," the tweet on the BJP twitter handle said.
Sitharaman was busy with some party-assigned work and could not attend the meeting, said various media reports.
The opposition party also pointed out that the Modi-led meeting was attended by all men to discuss tasks of the finance ministry, which is led by India's first full-time women finance minister.
"How many men does it take to do a woman's job," the opposition party said in another tweet, using the same hashtag.
Incidentally, while Nirmala Sitharaman was absent, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar were present at the PM's pre-budget meeting.
Modi held a two-hour meeting on Thursday with over 30 industry experts and economists to review and take their views on steps to revive the Indian economy on growth and employment.
Experts shares ideas on boosting consumption and generating demand in the economy. Home Minister Amit Shah, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari were also present.
DEA Cecretary Atanu Chakrabortty, Finance Secretary Rajeev Kumar, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and CEO Amitabh Kant, PMEAC Chairman Bibek Debroy, non-executive chairman of Punjab and Sind Bank Charanjit Singh, Sanjay Nair, Infia head KKR, a global private equity firm, and Bandhan Bank CEO Chandra Shekhar Ghosh also attended.
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